Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Questions (286)

Clare Daly

Question:

286. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the status of progress toward the publication of revised legislation in an area (details supplied). [11580/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland is required, as are all state bodies, to comply with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. The Code is designed by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to ensure the highest standards of corporate governance in State Bodies.

The report referred to by the Deputy was a full organisational review of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. It contained a number of recommendations, one of which was that the Department of Health should assess whether legislative changes are required in order to make the Fitness to Practice process more effective.

The recently published Regulated Health Professionals (Health and Social Care)(Amendment) Bill 2019 proposes a number of amendments to the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 Act aimed at achieving this.